Methods to Brew Coffee

Three Popular Methods to Brew Coffee at Home

For most people, starting the day right always begins with a good cup of coffee. But due to recent events, going over to your local café for your usual fix isn’t entirely possible at the moment. The next best option? To brew coffee at home.

But the internet offers a plethora of options to make coffee in your own house, and getting highly-graded espresso machines comes with a cost. You start reading about Turkish coffee that requires sand to brew, or stainless steel Moka pots that come with a price.

Among the options, there are some manual brewing methods that are easy to follow, yet yield an aromatic cup of coffee. We’ve taken out three of the simplest pour-over ways that you can brew coffee at home with minimal equipment or effort and added our own style into the method list to get the best out of your drink.

For most people, starting the day right always begins with a good cup of coffee. But due to recent events, going over to your local café for your usual fix isn’t entirely possible at the moment. The next best option? To brew coffee at home.


Drip Bag

Using a drip bag happens to be one of the most convenient coffee brewing methods to brew coffee at home. Since the 1990s, Japan started what has now become a drip coffee trend to get a delicious cup of coffee with minimal effort. The single serve portion per bag ensures you get the most out of one cup, easily dispose of the drip bag once you’re done filtering the grounded coffee.

The drip bag comes in a packaged box and the brewing guide is printed on the side and is fairly simple to follow. First, get your cup ready and a kettle of hot water to strain the ground coffee. Take the drip bag out of the packaging and tear along the perforated line. Pull the bottom of the hangars away from the filter to be placed at the rim of the cup, acting as a stand to keep the bag hanging in the cup. Slowly add hot water and let the coffee slowly drip into your cup. 

The texture and taste of the coffee ultimately depend on the amount of water added through the drip bag. The ideal amount to get a good cup of coffee is about 200g of water, but if you’d like to have a bolder taste, 170g would be just nice. Inversely, use 230g of water for a more delicate taste.


Dripper

If you’re feeling a little more adventurous with your cup of coffee, the dripper method gives a more delicate and complex taste with every sip. Plus, you don’t need too much equipment to get things started. You’ll just need a good dripper, paper filter, your favorite mug, hot water, and ground coffee (we recommend medium grind size).

Before anything else, there are two things that need to be done before assembling. Pre-wet the paper filter and your mug. Then discard the water, and place the paper filter in the dripper that rests on your mug. Fill up the dripper with 18g of medium ground coffee and begin pouring about 50g of boiled hot water (approximately 90-95 °C) to “bloom” the ground coffee for at least 30 seconds. Pour from the outer rim, and pour in a spiral motion inwards to the center of the dripper. After that, measure how much from another 220g of hot water (also 90-95 °C) you would like to pour into the dripper, based on the texture and coffee intensity that you would like to have.

The taste that you’ll get should be delicate, refined, and well-rounded. The dripper allows you to have much more flavor clarity as compared to using the drip bag, as you are able to control the amount of coffee ground inserted, and how much water that is added at one time. If you are using your own coffee beans, try coarsening the grind if the taste turns out too bitter. If you’d like a sweeter beverage, use less coffee.

dripper

Using a dripper can be quite tricky, however. Though the dripper gives variables in flavor, you’ll need the right measurements or the taste could be off. It generally takes about three to four minutes to get the right taste, but that varies as well depending on your grounded coffee. The brew time could be longer if the grind is too fine, and shorter if too coarse. And this brings us to our next and final option for today, which dramatically shortens the brew time, but still maintaining the quality of a good cup of espresso.


AeroPress

The AeroPress device is the easier method for a pour-over coffee. If you have one of these at home, making coffee every day will no longer be a hassle, as it uses only one-third of the time needed to make a dripper coffee. This cylindrical wonder makes brewing coffee so easy, with just a single pump over your cup in about a minute!

Using it is simple. First, make sure your device is well cleaned and dried before assembling, as any moisture trapped could compromise the seal. After that, measure about 18g of finely ground coffee to be added to the cylinder. Tap it to ensure the ground coffee is distributed evenly and consistently. At the bottom of the AeroPress, place a paper filter at the filter cap and wet it with hot water before securing it to the device. Place the AeroPress over your cup and fill it with enough water to give you 30-34g of espresso. After 25-32 seconds of pouring, close the top with the head and press the device down into your mug to let the coffee seep through. Once you’re done, remove the filter cap, push the AeroPress about an inch more to release the coffee grounds from the cylinder.

AeroPress gives you a clean taste with clearly defined flavor notes because of the paper filter that stops any oil and sediment from getting into the cup. Having similar methods to the French press, AeroPress gives you a better level of body by removing the sludge at the bottom of the cup as the coffee is properly filtered.


Sometimes simplicity is key. Use these easy yet powerful methods to give you the best cup of coffee you can get at home during these trying times. To all coffee makers out there, stay safe and drink well!